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View Full Version : A GREAT racket is out there folks-- Slazenger PRO X1


Coria
04-22-2005, 01:56 PM
It's amazing how little I see about this racket. I know it's not a big seller here in the states.

For me personally, it's got a wonderful combination of control, maneuverability, touch/feel, spin potential and power. I've liked it much better than any Head racket I've used or demoed (Prestige, Radical), Wilson (ncode 95, pro staff 85/95), Volkl (Tour 10 MP), Yonex (RDX MP), Prince (Diablo, NXG, original graphite) or Dunlop (300G)

It's wonderfully weighted and very stable, yet has the thinner 20mm beam. It's got great pop for serves and groundies. Great vibration dampening, great grip and AWESOME design. Racket bag and covers are cool as well.

I recommend any good 4.5 (maybe 4.0 as well) and up who wants a great players racket to demo this. It wasn't even reviewed in Tennis Magazine or Tennis Warehouse. A couple of guys give their own review though. Read the customer feedback and nobadmojo's and breakpoint's review. This is one awesome racket--my favorite of all time. I'm a good power baseline 5.0 player and I've tried a bunch. Peace.

wingit
04-22-2005, 09:47 PM
I agree with Coria's comments on the Slazenger Pro X1. It has gotten some much overdue notice on message boards etc. in recent months but is still flying under the radar screens for the most part. Slazenger, which I believe is part of Dunlop, has never been a big promoter of its products in the US but has a long history of making some very fine rackets. The lack of recognition for such rackets reflects the power of advertising sad to say. Consider the volumn of marginal rackets, granted the merits of rackets is a personal assessment, which are sold each year because they claim some "tech" benefits and are heavily promoted in the right places. One only has to casually view the discussions on sites such as this one to see how the bulk of the discussion centers on the most heavily promoted rackets. If you mould their minds you can control their money.

Coda
04-22-2005, 11:28 PM
totally agree with you coria...interesting to note that a baseliner like you even likes this frame that's mostly noted for an all courter or S&Ver.

need2paint
04-22-2005, 11:57 PM
This is the racquet I use. I went from various OS racquets for many years until last year when I demoed the X1, Yonex RDX500 MP, Head Radical MP, Babolat PCZ, Volkl C10, Dunlop HM200, and Wilson PS Tour 90.

I chose the Yonex as my first players racquet because of the feel, power and swingweight. The Slaz was a close second but it lacked power from the baseline. I mean I had to give a home run swing just to get the ball over the net!

I switched from the Yonex to a Wilson 6.0 95 a few months later because I could just not get used to the cosmetics of the Yonex. I think it's really ugly and I wasn't able to get over it. The 6.0 is a great racquet but I never really found the groove with it. It has plenty of control in the sense of keeping the ball in the court, but it lacks accuracy, if you know what I mean. In March I bought an X1 for a friend of mine who really likes Slaznger and after we had a match, I hit with his racquet for a little bit. Wow! I've never had so much pin point accuracy before. I think that when I demoed it, it must have been strung really tight because at 55 lbs it has plenty enough pop and loads of control. I decided to get one for myself and have been using it since.

I describe as the X1 as a modern 6.0 95: a little stiffer yet somehow more comfortable and much more accurate for me. Thank you Yonex for making the RDX500 so ugly.

AndrewD
04-23-2005, 01:09 AM
It is a lovely racquet and quite affordably priced for us here in Australia. Very nice on serve, excellent spin and slice, wonderful at the net and, I found, a comfortable hit. Don't really know how aggressive Slazenger are in their marketing in the States but can say they do bugger all here in Australia. So, its been a 'word of mouth' kind of thing rather than a viable alternative to the Wilson nCode which is unfortunate. A touch cheaper but equal or better performance. If I was considering something of that headsize - I use mid and low tensions due to a wrist complaint- it would be first cab off the rank for me.

AJK1
04-23-2005, 06:57 AM
In reference to "Need to Paint" are you serious that you changed your stick because of the cosmetics? That's rediculous man, whats more important, how your stick looks or how you play?

sinoslav
04-23-2005, 08:00 AM
Yeah, I demoed the X1 about a year and a half ago, it's a fine racquet. My friend I played against tried it too, said he liked it more than any of the other player's racquets he's ever tried.

Coria
04-23-2005, 09:38 AM
What racket do you use instead and why?

ears
04-23-2005, 10:22 AM
Count me in the choir singing the praises of the X-1. I've been playing with it for 3-4 months now and it's raised my play because I feel so confident with it. Last night I had a transcendent experience on the court: I just couldn't miss and everything that came off the racket felt so RIGHT!

2 caveats though: I find the optimal string tension somewhere in the 50-55 lbs range rather than the recommended 55-60 lbs. That and a few grams of lead spread widely at 3 and 9 give it a lot more stability on off center shots and better 'plow through'. Once I find a string I can settle on, I plan on moving out of the house and building a yurt near the public courts. You'll never hear from me again.

NoBadMojo
04-23-2005, 11:11 AM
Ears try wilson sensation w. this frame....around 56..something about that string and that frame is pretty special. i agree about the X1 but I am diggin these T10MPVE's like a day off...tons of controllable power, as much spin as you can want, huge sweetspot, great feel, hits a dirty nasty heavy ball. drawback is <for me> that it is pretty easy to hit late <for me> from the backcourt, and if you do, lots of problems, but it somehow seems very maneuverable at net. I am still discovering all the nuances to this frame and dialing in shots, but this is one sweet bat if you can handle that it swings maybe a bit heavier than its swingweight..i cut the PRap bumpers down on mine.

need2paint
04-23-2005, 01:03 PM
In reference to "Need to Paint" are you serious that you changed your stick because of the cosmetics? That's rediculous man, whats more important, how your stick looks or how you play?

when you play almost everyday and you have to look at your racquet, i do think looks play a part. no, it shouldn't be a big factor. if i had just disliked its looks i'd still be playing with it today, but i didn't just dislike them, i hated them. that rainbow of colors was just too annoying after a while.

i'm sure there are several on this board who have never even demoed a yonex just because they don't like the headshape.

louis netman
04-23-2005, 07:56 PM
I can't get into the rainbow paint job either....

bluecephas
04-23-2005, 11:33 PM
What's the handle on this racquet like. Is it round (like Prince), or flat (like Head), or somewhere in between (like Wilson)?

BreakPoint
04-23-2005, 11:36 PM
What's the handle on this racquet like. Is it round (like Prince), or flat (like Head), or somewhere in between (like Wilson)?

Same as a Dunlop handle.